Spherical

Definition of Spherical

Spher´ic`al
a.1.Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body.
2.Of or pertaining to a sphere.
3.Of or pertaining to the heavenly orbs, or to the sphere or spheres in which, according to ancient astronomy and astrology, they were set.
Knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance.
- Shak.
Though the stars were suns, and overburned
Their spheric limitations.
- Mrs. Browning.
Spherical angle
etc. See under Angle, Coordinate, etc.
Spherical geometry
that branch of geometry which treats of spherical magnitudes; the doctrine of the sphere, especially of the circles described on its surface.
Spherical harmonic analysis
See under Harmonic, a.
Spherical lune
portion of the surface of a sphere included between two great semicircles having a common diameter.
Spherical opening
the magnitude of a solid angle. It is measured by the portion within the solid angle of the surface of any sphere whose center is the angular point.
Spherical polygon
portion of the surface of a sphere bounded by the arcs of three or more great circles.
Spherical projection
the projection of the circles of the sphere upon a plane. See Projection.
Spherical sector
See under Sector.
Spherical segment
the segment of a sphere. See under Segment.
Spherical triangle
re on the surface of a sphere, bounded by the arcs of three great circles which intersect each other.
Spherical trigonometry
See Trigonometry.

Related Words

ball-shaped, circular, global, globose, globular, orbicular, round, spheric
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